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Dentist in Marietta, GA

Marietta, Georgia dentist Scott Sellers, DMD of Choice One Dental Care® has provided many local residents with healthy, happy smiles. He provides a wide range of dental and orthodontic services.

Dr. Sellers is a native Georgian, who graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982. He attended the Medical College of Georgia and received his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry degree in 1986. He has taken extensive coursework in Orthodontics and Dental Implants and has recently received training in Botox® and facial fillers. He has been practicing dentistry in the Marietta area for over 26 years. He is actively involved in his church’s youth program and has been a Boy Scout leader for many years. He enjoys traveling, and he and his wife enjoy spending time with their two grown children who live in the area and visiting their third child who is attending the University of Georgia.

What Is Dentistry?

Dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions, disorders, and diseases of the tooth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Not only is dentistry considered necessary for complete oral health, it can also have an impact on the health of your entire body.

Who Is a Dentist?

A dentist is a doctor who cares for your teeth. He is also called a dental surgeon. Dentists are trained extensively at dental schools to preserve the health of your teeth. Dentists undergo courses for 5-6 years at the dental school after which they acquire the degree of “Bachelor of Dental Surgery,” (BDS) or “Doctor of Dental Surgery” (DDS). Upon completion of this course, the dentist must complete another year of extensive training titled “The House Surgeonship.” This course serves as a prerequisite for private practice.

What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are dedicated to preserving children’s oral health beginning with infancy and throughout the teenage years. Their scope of practice qualifies them to treat the child’s teeth, gums, and mouth as the child grows and matures. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. They receive two to three years of specialized training after completing dental school and work exclusively with children. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for children of all ages, including those with special health needs.

Why Is Visiting the Dentist So Important?

Oral health is very important. It is important that individuals take care of their teeth and mouths at home by brushing and flossing on a regular basis; however, dentists can offer medical help when things go wrong, and they can also perform screenings for cavities. You often can’t tell if you have a cavity in your mouth at any given time, but a dentist will notice one right away. A cavity left unattended can fester bacteria and get infected. This can cause serious medical repercussions.

My Teeth Feel Fine. Do I Still Need to See a Dentist?

Even though you may feel as if your teeth are fine, it is still essential to visit the dentist at least once every six months, as many gum and tooth-related problems are often hard to see and only detectable by a professional dental surgeon. Dentists help by keeping teeth clean and allowing patients to have a vibrant smile all-year round with regular visits.

At What Age Should I Start Taking My Child to See the Dentist?

Taking your child to the dentist for the first time is ideal before they celebrate their first birthday. Most often it is best to take your child to the dentist about six months after their first tooth begins to arrive. Having your child visit a dentist at a younger age is a way to prevent potential tooth decay. Additionally, early dental visits can be extremely helpful to inform new parents of how to care properly for and clean their child’s teeth in the interim between appointments. Dentists are also able to inform parents of how to spot potential issues while monitoring your child’s fluoride needs. Spotting decay is also necessary to ensure your child’s health is always a top priority. By taking your child to the dentist early on in their lives it allows them to become comfortable and familiar with the setting, helping to reduce stress and anxiety of visiting the dentist as they grow older, making appointments much easier on the entire family.

How Often Should I See the Dentist?

It is a good idea to see the dentist at least twice annually for a cleaning and checkup. As people age, they are more prone to developing undetectable problems with their teeth. With specialized tools and overall expertise, the dentist can check for problems and treat them before they get worse. Bi-annual visits coupled with proper oral hygiene of flossing and brushing at least twice a day will help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Proper oral maintenance will also help solidify a continued brushing regimen.

To make an appointment to see Marietta dentist Scott Sellers, DMD of Choice One Dental Care®, contact him today.